An innovative pilot program in Gothenburg is introducing renewable energy buses in the city, reducing emissions and generating key data for further green public transport expansion.
ElectriCity, a cooperative venture in Gothenburg, brings together 14 partners — including the city, vehicle manufacturers, transit operators, business authorities, and universities — in the development and testing of new solutions for next generation sustainable public transport. In 2015, it launched a pilot public transport project in which 10 electric buses were unveiled along the 8-km route 55. The buses are quiet, exhaust-free, energy efficient, and 100% powered by renewable energy. Currently, 100,000 passengers per month take the new route and test the new products and services, including Wi-Fi, touch-screens, and a unique indoor bus stop system that increases accessibility to transport as stations can be placed inside hospitals or supermarkets.
By operating the ElectriCity project, the City of Gothenburg will learn how to use and deploy a full-scale electrified bus system and work towards the city’s goal to lower emissions by 80% by 2035. The partners also share the data in a cloud solution to inspire novel business models. The open data has already been used in innovation challenges and school projects.
The electrified buses reduce CO2 emissions by 80% and produce no NOx emissions.
User satisfaction along the route is extremely high, with 80% of passengers happy with the free Wi-Fi and 9 of 10 riders appreciative of indoor boarding.
Improved liveability and reduced noise and air pollution generate public health savings and boost property values.
The reduced noise and emissions translates into better health outcomes for the community.